Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

How Can We Help People with Disabilities Live Fully in the Community

June 4, 2015 by Jocelyn Schowalter
Minnesota’s plan to help people with disabilities live more fully in the community has been in the news lately.

What is the Right Question to Resolve the Early Learning Debate?

June 1, 2015 by Richard Chase
Social, economic and educational inequities and their associated lifelong adverse consequences are preventable. Richard Chase explains how early education is necessary but insufficient.

Effectiveness, and the Case of Dr. Oz

May 21, 2015 by Paul Mattessich
Dr. Oz became famous on Oprah, then developed his own TV show. Millions of people who seek health and medical information hang on his every word. But can we believe him? A group of doctors publicly… Read more »

Reading Between the Lines: Why Caregiving Stories Matter

May 11, 2015 by Maureen Kenney
We knew that Bruce Kramer’s appearance was uncertain when we began planning a book reading with Kramer and MPR host and author Cathy Wurzer. The two had collaborated on “We Know How This Ends –… Read more »

Seven Resources for Trauma-Informed Care

May 6, 2015
If you’re an adult living in the United States, chances are high that you’ve experienced trauma. According to national surveys, 50-90 percent of adults have experienced at least one traumatic event… Read more »

The Power of Giving Thanks

April 29, 2015 by Xe Chang
​Wilder's Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) hosts an annual event to recognize adults who inspire and make an impact on young people. YLI participants learn to understand the importance of showing… Read more »

Food Deserts: Why It Costs Much More to Try to Eat on $29 a Week

April 21, 2015 by Leah Porter
Much has been said recently about Gwyneth Paltrow’s Twitter post showing the $29 worth of food she attempted to live on last week in order to raise awareness about cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition… Read more »

There's No App for That: Parenting in the Digital Age

April 8, 2015 by Judy Ohm
​The digital age is the age of distraction. We’ve become accustomed to staying connected to our email, social media, mobile phones and apps at all times – even when we are doing other things,… Read more »